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Is our society becoming egalitarian? Show more Show less
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Egalitarianism is a school of thought within political philosophy that builds from the concept of social equality, prioritizing it for all people. It is generally the idea that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or moral status. Society is changing... and we ask the question: are we becoming more egalitarian?

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Wealth inequity continues to grow, authoritarian rulers enforce social divides, war continues, and poverty abounds. There is progress in many parts of the world, but society is not becoming more egalitarian.
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Climate change and global poverty are further dividing societies

Extreme global poverty continues to increase due to the lack of resources in various parts of the world. The lack of resources, such as food and clean drinking water, is primarily linked to climate change. Without the proper resources, the chance of an egalitarian society is less likely.

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An egalitarian system means that resources are distributed equally among families and individuals within the society. Unfortunately, society as a whole is far from this, with global poverty increasing due to lack of necessary resources, such as food and clean water. How can society become egalitarian when even the United States, the wealthiest country in the world, has 35 million people struggling with hunger? Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, this number is expected to increase to an estimated 54 million by the end of 2020.[1] Another leading cause of unequal resource distribution is climate change. This serious issue has been brought to the attention of many scientists and researchers, with many finding ways to help sustain life. However, climate change may be inevitable, meaning that many will continue to suffer from lack of resources. For example, since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, many are still left without proper resources. Many have donated to Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief fund, but families still had to wait for over a year to see any improvements.[2] Climate change inevitably leads to more natural disasters like hurricanes and drought, leaving many populations devastated. As climate change continues, so will global poverty, leaving it nearly impossible to have a truly egalitarian society.

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More attention has been brought to the seriousness of climate change, as scientists and researchers find ways to bring sustainable resources to poorer areas. If we can somehow decrease the effects of climate change by making these possible changes, we will see less global poverty by giving poorer populations the necessary resources. An egalitarian society is hard to imagine, but it is possible if everyone does their part. By bringing attention to world hunger, educating ourselves on the matter, and donating in any way we can, our society can help shape the world into a place that is equal for everyone.

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  1. https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/facts
  2. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-is-connected-to-poverty/

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